Was Mary The Lord’s Biological Mother?

Q. Other than my wife, you have been my closest relative in the Lord.  My question is regarding the Virgin Birth of Jesus our savior.  My wife (a baby nurse practitioner) and I are trying to confirm that Jesus was placed in the womb of Mary.  We believe that the entire person of Jesus (egg and sperm; i.e. zygote) was placed in her womb by the Holy Spirit (God).  Luke 1:28-31 are the appropriate verses.
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Can The Holy Spirit Be Withdrawn?

Q. I wonder if you could clear up some confusion for me about 2Thess.2:6-8. I think most scholars believe the restrainer mentioned is the Holy Spirit.  Some say this means he will vacate the scene, so to speak, which also means the church must go with him. My question is about the vacating the scene aspect.  Isn’t the Holy Spirit omnipresent, which makes it impossible for him to vacate the scene?

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Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83

Q. In Isaiah 17, after Damascus becomes a ruinous heap, vs. 4 and on speaks of the glory of Jacob waning and the land becoming lean, etc.  Is this past or do you think Israel will once again have agricultural lack? And in Psalm 83–scholars say it is yet future.  Indeed it sure could be.  Do you think any of the ancient past wars, 1948, 1974, or 1967 would have fit that picture as well?  Or is it just future?

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Will The Great Tribulation Be Shortened?

Q. I have some questions in regard to how you think The Lord’s shortening of the Tribulation period, as stated in the Bible, will play out?  I have never read anything in the Bible directly addressing how this will occur.  I don’t believe I have even read a commentary on this question either.  Only that The Lord is a compassionate God and for the sake of mankind this period of time will be shortened.

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Is That You Lord?

Q. My sister is reading a book in which the author speaks of the angel in Revelation 8:3-7 as being Jesus.  The author also says that the prayers of the saints which are being offered with the incense upon the golden altar are the prayers of the raptured church for those ‘christians’ who missed the rapture and are now enduring the tribulation.  To settle a disagreement about these verses, my sister would like you to explain who the angel and the saints are.

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The Trumpet Of God?

Q. I’m having difficulty verifying the mention of the Trumpet of God in Exodus 19.  The only place I can find the phrase ‘trumpet of God’ is I Thes. 4.  In Ex. 19, I see a ‘very loud trumpet blast’ in v. 16, and a ‘the sound of the trumpet’, in v. 19.  Am I missing the ‘trumpet of God’?  Is that in the Hebrew instead of the English?

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Who Was He Talking About?

Q. After reading a lot of Facebook comments from Christian friends (which includes pastors), I find a common verse that is often quoted,  “If my people who are called by my name….” and there are others as well. And it is my understanding from your teachings,  that there are 3 kinds of people and some Old Testament Scriptures like this don’t apply to the Church. And when I share with people that the Church are not “His people called by His name”, they get all defensive.

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Post Rapture Salvation, Follow Up

Q. For the most part I enjoy your site and agree with most of what you write, but I do have some questions.  You write that during the tribulation, those who come out of it are from Israel and not Gentiles, unless I misunderstood you.  Also, you write that tribulation saints have to hold onto their salvation by works, again, if I understood you correctly.  Do you not believe that those Tribulation saints spoken of in Rev. 7-14 include Gentiles?

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Remember Lot’s Wife!

Q. I was just wondering what the relevance of Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt is in Gen 19:26?  I know Lot was an example of the Church, but what was she?  She was escaping with ‘the Church’ but then didn’t make it.

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Synagogue Of Satan

Q. Re: Synagogue of Satan (Rev. 3:9)  Would you help me understand this phrase in the context of what a Jew should understand? What is the meaning?

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